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Gift Certificates for Cooking Classes

Celebrating a birthday , holiday, wedding, anniversary, graduation, or promotion? Whatever the occasion, give a gift certificate for a Rustico Cooking hands-on class in New York City. Your gift will be remembered long after the class is over! We’ll email you a printable copy within hours of your purchase. Complete the gift by adding a Rustico Cooking apron or The Best Pasta Sauces cookbook!

Gift certificates value - $110 or $120?

Some of our cooking classes cost $110 and others cost $120, so we offer certificates at these two values. You can purchase either; if there is a difference between the value of the certificate purchased and the class selected, the recipient can simply pay an upgrade upon reserving the class, or use the remaining balance towards aprons, cookbooks or another class...

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Using Your Gift Certificate

Ready to use your gift certificate? It's easy! Redeem it online by clicking Redeem your gift certificate at the bottom of each class description. A new window will open, allowing you to select the class and enter your information. We process the requests manually, usually within less than 24 hours of your request, and we'll send you a confirmation by email. We’re looking forward to cooking with you!

Upgrading your Gift Certificate

Want to attend a class valued at $120, but you have a certificate valued at $110? Have a gift certificate valued at $120 but want two people to attend a class of $110? It's easy; just upgrade your gift certificate to make up the difference and you'll be all set!

Aprons

Add an apron to your gift certificate or cooking class purchase ... You or the lucky recipient will receive one of our Rustico Cooking aprons upon signing in at the class! Note that we do not ship the aprons.

The Best Pasta Sauces Cookbook

Micol's third cookbook "The Best Pasta Sauces: Favorite Regional Italian Recipes" is now out! Published in October 2014 by Ballantine Books (a division of Random House), the 256-page book is filled with gorgeous color photography, 80 recipes for regional Italian pasta sauces, fool-proof techniques, and entertaining anecdotes... It is sure to become a favorite on your cookbook shelf. You can order copies from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or Indiebound, or you can purchase from us and get extra goodies! We are now offering shipping on the book and quantity discounts if you purchase 4 or more... Read on!

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Limited-Time OfferPurchase 4 or more copies from us and we'll pay the shipping fees: save $8 per book and pay just $25 per book. We'll ship all the books to your address. It's like getting 4 books for the price of 3! Or even more by placing an order of 4 or more cookbooks that you can pick up at Rustico Cooking...

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Entertaining all'Italiana-

Entertaining needn't be stressful. This menu is full of satisfying, comforting, elegant dishes, yet each dish is easy enough to execute and most of the preparation can be done well ahead, leaving you to enjoy your guests' company rather than standing in the kitchen for hours. We'll start off by making fresh pasta with a creamy, Parmigiano-laced sauce studded with roasted mushrooms and asparagus. Our main course: tender chicken cutlets in a deeply flavored balsamic glaze, just perfect with a side of summery stuffed zucchini and a butternut squash risotto. For dessert, a cheesecake with the addictive flavors of cannoli (we add a secret ingredient you'll want to run out and buy!).

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$110 | Entertaining all'Italiana | Saturday June 2, 12PM to 3PM

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Italian for Beginners -

Although we designed this class with beginner cooks in mind, the techniques we'll be covering are so basic and so important to Italian cooking that anyone who enjoys Italian cuisine is sure to learn something new. We'll start off by making fresh egg pasta; I have devised a special formula that is foolproof and yields consistently delicious results, no matter what shape of pasta you're craving... it's all about which flour you use and how many eggs you add to your dough. We'll cook a perfect ragu sauce for our pasta, and there's a key to success here too, one that many advanced home cooks often skip, with disappointing results. As a main course, we'll brown chicken scaloppine, top them with cheese and Prosciutto, and finish them in the oven as we create a flavorful pan sauce with Marsala wine. Broccoli is first blanched, then roasted with garlic and chili to make a refreshing accompaniment for the chicken; sweet red baby potatoes are roasted until they are crispy on the outside and creamy within, then showered with fresh chives and a hint of smoked paprika (these potatoes are so ridiculously good that we promise you'll be making them time and again!). And for dessert, I'll share my foolproof recipe for tiramisu with you... it's so good, you'll never be able to eat the store-bought stuff again.

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$110 | Italian for Beginners | Friday June 8, 6PM to 9PM

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Italian Home Cooking -

Home cooking is often the best cooking of all: tasty, satisfying, never pretentious, it delivers great flavor and a comforting sense of being taken care of. In Italy, home cooking varies from region to region, town to town, cook to cook. This class features five typical home-cooked dishes from Tuscany, Lombardy, and Piedmont, ideal for summer entertaining: and best of all, most of the preparation can be done entirely ahead of time, leaving you free to relax with your guests over a glass of wine. We'll begin by making fresh pasta dough for cheese tortellini, a Tuscan specialty we'll serve with a delicious red wine-laced tomato sauce. Our main course: rosemary-rubbed filet mignon (aka beef tenderloin), roasted to rosy perfection and served with a rich, garnet-hued Chianti wine glaze. Roasted string beans make a fabulous summer side dish, and risotto is always impressive, especially when it's flavored with caramelized fennel and white wine as in my native city of Milan. For dessert, we'll bake a decadently rich (yet totally flourless) hazelnut and chocolate cake, a heavenly offering from northern Piedmont, where chocolate and nuts are kitchen staples.

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$110 | Italian Home Cooking | Friday June 15, 6PM to 9PM

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Fresh Pasta Workshop: Summer Favorites -

Italians are world-famous for their pasta, and with good reason: whether it's light, ethereal egg noodles from the Veneto, rich, cheesy gnocchi from Tuscany, or rustic semolina creations from southern Italy, fresh pasta made the traditional Italian way rarely disappoints. And while a few recipes have won the hearts and stomachs of many, there are hundreds of other, lesser-known treasures that few gourmets have had the pleasure to taste. In this class, we'll learn to make three ideal summer pastas from three different Italian regions, and pair each with their ideal sauce. From the Veneto: silky reginette (curly tagliatelle) in a saffron-scented crab sauce. From Tuscany: light Ricotta gnocchi tossed with a fragrant tomato sauce studded with roasted pepeprs and olives. From Basilicata, in Italy's south: handmade cavatelli made only from semolina flour and water, sauced with an abundance of roasted broccoli and topped with golden garlic-kissed bread crumbs. And to round out the meal, we'll enjoy a refreshing salad and some homemade biscotti...

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$110 | Fresh Pasta Workshop: Summer Favorites | Saturday June 23, 12PM to 3PM

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Summer Feast in Italy -

Join us for a brand new class and learn to prepare five classic dishes ideal for summer feasting. First we'll knead dough for a moist, olive oil-kissed focaccia sprinkled with sea salt, then we'll learn to make fresh semolina flour pasta using a foolproof recipe; we'll pair our cavatelli pasta with a sumptuous yet light roasted tomato sauce. As a main course, we'll sear chicken cutlets and top them with a sauce featuring porcini mushrooms, Marsala, and shallots, perfect accompanied by Tuscany's famous panzanella salad, a vibrant mingling of tomatoes, cucumbers, bread, and basil. For dessert, we'll master the art of making the lightest, most decadent almond paste cake ever.

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$110 | Summer Feast in Italy | Friday June 29, 6PM to 9PM

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Summer Seafood Feast -

The Italian seaside: lush visions of blue waters, gentle breezes, golden sun... Take a virtual journey to the Italian seaside with me in this new class devoted to the pleasures of Italian seafood cooking. We'll start off with a southern Italian take on pasta with seafood, featuring handmade cavatelli with shrimp and mussels in a light tomato and white wine sauce. We'll roll delicate fillets of branzino around sweet peppers and roast them in an elegant white wine broth, and serve a heavenly shrimp and asparagus risotto, and caramelized Brussels sprouts, alongside. We'll finish our seaside feast with a flaky apple and nut strudel garnished with a hearty scoop of vanilla ice cream; the dough for this strudel is made with extra-virgin olive oil rather than butter, and it bakes up flaky and light, the ideal complement to the sumptuous nut and fruit filling inside.

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$110 | Summer Seafood Feast | Saturday June 30, 12PM to 3PM

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Fresh Pasta Workshop: Tuscany -

Italians are world-famous for their pasta, and with good reason: whether it's light, ethereal egg noodles, pillowy gnocchi, or hearty filled pastas, fresh pasta made the traditional Italian way rarely disappoints. And while a few recipes have won the hearts and stomachs of many, there are hundreds of other, lesser-known treasures that few gourmets have had the pleasure to taste. In this class, we'll learn to make three ideal summer pastas from Tuscany, and pair each with their ideal sauce. Hand-shaped ravioli filled with cheese, napped in a wine-laced tomato sauce; light Ricotta gnocchi tossed with a fragrant roasted fennel sauce; and silky tagliatelle tossed with a delicate mushroom sauce. And to round out the meal, we'll enjoy a refreshing salad and some homemade biscotti...

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Fresh Pasta Workshop: Tuscany | Saturday July 7, 12PM to 3PM

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Dinner in Northern Italy -

This light yet elegant summer menu takes its inspiration from the northern regions of Piedmont and Emilia-Romagna. We'll begin our northen Italian feast by making garganelli pasta, a specialty of Romagna that is the ancestor of penne rigate; we'll roll squares of fresh pasta around a small wooden pin on a grooved board to create a quill-shaped pasta and sauce our garganelli with a fresh tomato sauce studded with peas and enriched by just a splash of cream. As a main course, we'll roast a beef tenderloin and serve it with a refreshing parsley and garlic pesto known as salsa verde; a side of roasted summer vegetables and my favorite stuffed tomatoes are ideal accompaniments. And for dessert, we'll bake a flourless, rich, not-too-sweet hazelnut chocolate cake, an amazingly decadent treat from Piedmont in northern Italy.

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Dinner in Northern Italy | Friday July 13, 6PM to 9PM

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Summer Feast in Piedmont -

My family has had a home in Piedmont, overlooking the Lago Maggiore, since I could barely talk. I grew up on the rich roasts, buttery pastas, creamy risottos, and cheese-laced polentas of the area; not to mention its famed chocolate desserts, sweetwater fish, and delectable farmhouse cheeses. This class explores Piedmontese cooking in all its glory, from its delectable gnocchi all the way to its memorable desserts. We'll begin by making the dough for gnocchi; while potato gnocchi may be the ones you think of first, yams, pumpkin, squash, and even sweet potatoes make the perfect starting point for gnocchi: as long as you handle the dough right and follow my foolproof proportions, you'll have the lightest gnocchi imaginable. As a main course, we'll sear tender chicken cutlets and prepare a rich sauce with dried porcini mushrooms, rosemary, and white wine, three of Piedmont's signature ingredients. A side of roasted summer peppers and a light, cheesy spinach souffle' are ideal accompaniments. And for dessert, we'll bake rich chocolate-filled tartlets, so good with a glass of red wine!

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Summer Feast in Piedmont | Friday July 20, 6PM to 9PM

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Flavors of Liguria -

This new class on the cuisine of Liguria draws on the dishes I have enjoyed since I was a child summering in the bustling seaside town of Rapallo. We'll begin by making a flat, crispy-edged, cheese-filled focaccia, a recipe so simple, yet so versatile, that you will surely make it time and again at home. We'll make delicate coin-shaped pasta called corzetti, and sauce it with the classic walnut pesto of this tiny yet fertile region. Our branzino (aka Mediterranean sea bass) features olives and artichokes, two mainstays of the Ligurian kitchen that lend incredible fragrance to this succulent main course. Grilled eggplant in herb-infused olive oil is an ideal side dish, and a sweet Ricotta pandolce (a buttery cross between panettone and biscotti) provides an elegant finish for this Ligurian summer feast.

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Flavors of Liguria | Friday July 27, 6PM to 9PM

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Trattoria Cooking -

Take a trip in any Italian region, and you'll often find that the best food is found in the informal restaurants known as trattorie. Fresh ingredients and simple preparations are the building blocks of trattoria cooking, and this class pays homage to some of my favorite trattoria dishes from across Italy. Our first course: handmade cavatelli pasta sauced with a red wine-laced ragu; this is the sort of sauce simmers for hours until it develops a sublime flavor and succulent texture, and it's one you'll surely make time and again once you see how easy it is to prepare at home. Our main course: tender chicken morsels napped with a honey-kissed balsamic reduction, served with Ricotta-stuffed tomatoes and a sage-scented mushroom bread pudding. For dessert, we'll bake a moist apple cake with the haunting aroma of amaretto, perfect with a tuft of freshly whipped cream.

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$110 | Trattoria Cooking | Friday August 3, 6PM to 9PM

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Feast in Northern Italy -

I was born in Lombardy, and my family still has homes in Piedmont and Liguria, so I grew up on the cooking of these three Northern Italian regions. Join me for a new class that delves into the unique cuisines of this amazing part of Italy. We'll begin by making one of Liguria's most emblematic pastas: delicate, hand-made potato gnocchi, served in a heady, herb-kissed mushroom sauce. Next, we'll simmer chicken with white wine, herbs, onions, and artichokes to create a sumptuous main course. We'll bundle tender asparagus spears with a slice of smoked Mozzarella and Prosciutto and roast them until the cheese melts; herb-scented fennel risotto is an elegant side for our main course. And for dessert, we'll bake buttery tarlets filled with a deep, dark chocolate ganache.

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$110 | Feast in Northern Italy | August 17, 6PM to 9PM

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Summer Seafood Feast -

Seafood scares a lot of people. How do you select it, how do you clean it, and what are the best ways to cook it? In this class, we'll answer all these questions and more, as we cook a three-course meal featuring mussels, branzino, and shrimp. You'll learn to knead fresh pasta dough and roll it out into toothsome spaghetti, the ideal vehicle for a wine-scented mussel sauce. Branzino filets marry beautifully with artichokes and pine nuts, and they are spectacular alongside slow-roasted Brussels sprouts and a creamy shrimp risotto. We'll finish our seafood feast with crisp fruit- and chocolate-filled phyllo triangles, a sweet finale that will have you sneaking back to the kitchen for seconds.

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$110 | Summer Seafood Feast | Friday August 24, 6PM to 9PM

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RUSTICO COOKING is located at 40 West 39th Street, Third floor, New York, NY 10018 - right between Fifth and Sixth Avenues, in the heart of Midtown Manhattan. When you get to the building, just press on buzzer # 3. Visits are by appointment only.

WHEN: Daytime lunch classes begin at 12 PM, (doors open at 11:45 AM) and Evening Dinner classes start at 6 PM (doors open at 5:45PM). Classes last 2.5 to 3 hours.

GETTING THERE: You can take the 4, 5, or 6 trains to Grand Central, or the F or V trains to Bryant Park-42nd Street. If you prefer the bus, take the M1, M2, M3, or M4 along Fifth and Madison Avenues, or the M6 and M7 along Sixth and Seventh Avenues. If you are coming by car, park at one of many parking lots in Midtown.

WHAT TO BRING: We supply all ingredients, tools, and, of course, recipes... Aprons are the only item NOT supplied. You can bring an apron if you like, or you can purchase a handsome embroidered apron for $20.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Class size averages 16 people. Before the class starts, finger foods and water will be available for the class participants. The instructor will give a brief introduction about the class, then participants will wash their hands and people with long hair will tie their hair back (we are extremely hygiene conscious since you will be eating the food that you are preparing!). Then everybody goes in the kitchen for the cooking portion (details on that below) which lasts about 90 minutes; At the end of the cooking, people are seated and the featured menu is served along with a taste of 2 to 3 wines.

COOKING CLASS FLOW: Classes are hands-on: participants will make everything on the menu, working together as a group. To ensure everyone learn the most important parts of a given menu, key techniques (such as making fresh pasta dough from scratch for instance) will be executed by class participants individually or in small teams of 2-3 people. Other parts of the menu may involve larger teams where individuals take turns in an activity; for instance, when making risotto in a class of 16 people, it would be impossible to have 16 risotto pans at the stove, so we would have 2 pans, and participants will take turns stirring. In order to allow class participants to spend more time focusing on the relevant techniques of a given class, washing, measuring and chopping of the majority of ingredients is done before students arrive. This way, class participants can spend a longer time mastering the trickier aspects of Italian cooking; we feel that people can more easily figure out how to measure ingredients and how to get from an onion to a chopped onion, compared to knowing the technique to make (for example) amazing gnocchi every single time - so we spend more time on these more challenging techniques.

WHAT TO WEAR: Flat shoes and comfortable clothing are required for your safety and comfort. Please avoid high heels and loose sleeves.

ONLINE PAYMENT: The easiest way to reserve a class is to pay online using the "Add to cart" buttons (quick, easy, & secure). Within 24 hrs you will get a reservation confirmation via email; we will ask for a phone number - Please note that the telephone numbers are not used for solicitation or marketing, they are only for reaching clients in the unlikely event that a class that they have signed up for needs to be rescheduled.

PAYMENT BY PHONE: You can also call 917-602-1519 and we will take a reservation. We accept VISA, MasterCard and Discover.

REDEEMING A GIFT CERTIFICATE: The easiest way is to use our online form under each class description; just fill up the required information and we will sign you up for the class of your choice unless it is sold out! You can also email us indicating the class(es) that you want to join, and the name of the person that gave you the certificate(s). We will then email you back with a reservation confirmation. You can also call 917-602-1519 in order to redeem your gift certificates.

PAYMENT BY CHECK: You can also send a check payable to RUSTICO COOKING LLC to: RUSTICO COOKING, 40 West 39th Street, 3rd floor, New York, NY, 10018. Please include a note with your name, telephone number, email address, and date of the class with your check. If you have made a check payment, please call 917-602-1519 to confirm your reservation 3 days before class.

To sign up or for further information, call 917-602-1519.

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CANCELLATION POLICY: No refunds issued, only credit. For regularly priced cooking classes: minimum 7-day advance notice. For cooking classes priced at more than $110 per person: 14-day advance notice. For groups of 4 or more: 21-day advance notice.

WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS: The same cancellation policy applies during November through April, when snowfall and other inclement weather conditions are a possibility. We are just three blocks south of the Broadway Theater district. If Broadway shows are on, classes at Rustico Cooking are on. If you live outside of NYC and are concerned about winter weather conditions hindering your transportation to the city, we suggest selecting a Spring, Summer or Fall cooking class, as we will not be able to give you credit towards a future class with less advance notice than stated above